Inspiring Minds: Live Conversations Offering Wisdom for Our Time

Unresolved trauma and harmful belief systems are handed down through generations, perpetuating racial and social injustice and cycles of violence. In this episode, we explore the African philosophy of Ubuntu, which laid the groundwork for healing in the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa. Presenters Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and Aaron Stern share innovative programs and approaches designed to nurture meaningful dialogue, break down barriers, and facilitate personal transformation aimed at healing the harmful legacies of the past. Along with a spoken word piece from Hawah Kasat, the episode explores:

  • How do we create safe spaces where intergenerational healing can take place, rooted in an understanding of our interconnection?
  • What is the role of wisdom traditions, storytelling, and the arts in building resilience and leadership skills among today’s youth?

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, PhD

Stellenbosch University

Convening Faculty

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is Professor and Research Chair for Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University. Her work focuses mainly on two strands of research: exploring intergenerational repercussions of oppression and … MORE

Aaron Stern

Academy for the Love of Learning

Board Member

Aaron Stern is a composer, educator, internationally recognized consultant on learning, and the founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based educational institution. He … MORE

Hawah Kasat

One Common Unity

Hawah Kasat is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor, community organizer, and non-profit leader. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and … MORE